Rockies lose in the first game at home against the Dodgers



DENVER (AP) – Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Russell Martin hit a home run when the Los Angeles Dodgers maintained their fireball, beating Colorado 10-6 on Friday in the Rockies' first home game.

After hitting a franchise record with 235 homers last year, National League champions the Dodgers connected 21 times in just eight games this season. They have hit in every game so far.

Bellinger reached his sixth of the year, breaking the game with a three-run race in the fifth. Muncy finished a shy double of a cycle, walking in the ninth.

Trevor Story hit a home run twice for the Rockies.

Kenta Maeda (2-0) threw five shutout innings and crossed a Colorado lineup. He allowed four hits and his only career in Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly.

Maeda's biggest pitch was a slider in the fifth that Trevor Story took for a third hit called with two outs and the bases loaded.

A slow-working Tyler Anderson (0-2) could not find his pace by allowing six runs in four innings. The two homers he gave were in fastballs. The southpaw is coming off a season in which he allowed 30 homers, tying for more in the National League.

The Rockies have lost three of their last four starters. David Dahl hit a home run in the ninth inning and Story hit two batters later in his 11th multihomer game of his career.

Before the game, the manager of the Dodgers, Dave Roberts, joked that "the green light is on" to deepen, since there are now so many home runs and only one stolen base.

Anderson's Bellinger march gave him 16 RBIs. In contrast, the Rockies have 22 runs batted in as a team.

To go with his productive afternoon at the plate, Muncy made an ingenious play at first base to catch a Story liner and record a double play.

This was the first of 19 games between two teams that needed a tiebreaker last season to decide the NL West crown before the Dodgers prevailed. It's a growing rivalry in the eyes of the Rockies, but not so much Los Angeles.

"They are a good club for which I have a lot of respect," Roberts said. "But geography plays in a rivalry."

COACHING ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (twisted left knee) will launch a 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday. … Roberts said he was leaning towards LHP Clayton Kershaw (swelling of the shoulders) and that he would start another rehabilitation in Triple-A Oklahoma City. Kershaw allowed two runs and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings in a rehab season on Thursday. … RHP Joe Kelly was hit by a comebacker in his glove hand in the ninth and left the game.

Jansen cleaned

Roberts will not hesitate to use Kenley Jansen while he is at the highest altitude in Denver. Jansen underwent surgery in the offseason to treat irregular heartbeats that surfaced again in Colorado during a series in August. He did not travel with the team back to Colorado in September as a precautionary measure.

"We feel the heart thing, we have it at bay with the surgery," Roberts explained.

FIRM

The Rockies announced at the end of the game that they agreed to a minor league contract with LHP Jorge De La Rosa.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 15.00 ERA) looks to recover on Saturday against Colorado after an abrupt opening.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 4.05) is 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 11 starts against the Dodgers.


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